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12-08-2015 06:15 PM

New Planes Day - 10 replies

Had a package from Lee Valley on my doorstep yesterday, got part of my cyber monday purchase. Here is the factory second router plane: The only flaw I can see is a near-microscopic speck of a casting pit on the sole, pretty nice. I haven’t had the chance to clean and use it yet, but I will try it out tonight. I also got the lar...

11-30-2015 03:33 AM

Problems sharpening/using PM-V11 blades - 15 replies

I own a couple PM-V11 steel blades for my Veritas planes and I can never seem to get them as sharp as I expect. Even after several sharpening cycles, my shooting plane’s stock PM-V11 blade has trouble slicing paper and isn’t all that good at cutting the end grain of even cherry or pine. Shooting with my LA jack equipped with a 25 ...

11-10-2015 06:33 AM

cool bandsaw on CL - 2 replies Neato:

09-19-2015 04:09 PM

3D Printed Branding Iron - 5 replies

I received my 3D printed stainless steel branding iron yesterday and got it mounted to my soldering iron: It arrived a little lumpy and smaller than my drawing. Had to do some machining, but now it fits well onto my older Rockler branding setup’s soldering iron. I learned about the technique from here: https://www.reddi...

08-11-2015 04:57 PM

Help with my ECE primus jack plane - 7 replies

I bought an ECE primus jack plane used a few years ago and haven’t quite gotten the hang of adjusting and using it. I’m hoping other plane users can answer some questions and give me advise. First off, there are these two metal tacks on the bed that I don’t get: They keep the blade from sitting flat against the b...

06-22-2015 02:56 AM

Jorgensen vise handle sheared off, need advise - 11 replies

I have an old Jorgensen vise on my workbench that looks a bit like this: Today, the handle on the left and its encasing tube sheared off of the main acme screw rod somehow. It was a 1/4” steel dowel/rod riveted through the shaft that broke. Any suggestions for a replacement? There are a lot of options on McMaster and other websit...

06-19-2015 08:49 PM

stubby marking knife - 3 replies

Made this stubby marking knife yesterday as a fathers day gift: Not quite fancy enough for a project post, but wanted to show it off anyhow. I meant to make the handle bigger but a few lathe screw-ups prevented that, so now it’s a “fine detail” knife. I used a brazilian rosewood pen blank for the handle, a brass co...

04-13-2015 09:45 PM

Will a cottonwood cup hold liquid? - 15 replies

I want to turn a beer tankard/cup and am considering some cottonwood logs. Will cottonwood hold liquid with minimal finishing, or is it too porous? I also have a chinese elm log that might do the trick, it’s just harder to wrangle into a good-sized blank.

02-10-2015 12:38 AM

Received a Pink Ivory Board Today - 4 replies

Today I received an amazing gift… a slice off of a curly pink ivory log. It came from a coworker who spent most of his career working in Barrow, Alaska. He turned wooden bowls and had nothing much to spend money on up there, so he ordered some rather expensive turning blanks. Here is a crappy phone picture of this beautiful wood: Bet...

08-19-2014 04:49 PM

Should I buy a LN 4 1/2 smoother? - 21 replies

I have a chance to buy a new Lie-Nielsen No. 4 1/2 smoothing plane (45 deg bed, I believe) for $50 off retail. It’s tempting, but I already have a LN No. 4 bronze 50 degree smoother that meets most of my smoothing needs perfectly. Would a lower-angle, slightly heavier/larger plane be worth having? I’m trying to resist the blind ur...

07-12-2014 02:28 AM

craigslist wood score - 1 reply

I picked up this stack of hard maple and “red mahogany” (African mahogany, I think) off craigslist today. About 40 board feet total for $70, not bad at all. They’re narrow, but in 8’ and 10’ lengths. I plan on making a large end grain cutting board out of it, though I’ll have to dry it in my garage for a wh...

07-02-2014 02:43 AM

neat natural edge+glass table by greg klassen - 2 replies

Check out this amazing table (saw it on, thought you all would appreciate it): Here is the creator’s website: Getting the glass to fit must be a huge chore.

06-22-2014 11:02 PM

quick project: drill bit holder - 1 reply

I made this drill bit holder for various bits without proper containers that had been rattling around in my drawer. Simple, but useful:

06-06-2014 09:13 PM

craigslist alert for Denver lumberjocks - 4 replies Just found this hand tool sale that started today, looks like there are many planes, spokeshaves, and the like. Should still be some there tomorrow, though it might be picked through. It’s a little too far away from my house, unfortunately.

11-18-2013 08:11 PM

What glue to stick rubber/vinyl liners into my tool tote? - 9 replies

I’m building a wooden tool tote and I want to get a rubber (probably actually vinyl or some other plastic substance) tool box liner to cover the ugly plywood bottom. What type of glue should I use for this? Seems like most glues wouldn’t stick the rubbery liner to the finished plywood. Maybe a silicone RTV or some kind of epoxy? ...

11-11-2013 06:25 PM

Question about Jojoba oil - 5 replies

I recently bought some Jojoba oil from Lie-Nielsen to prevent rust on my planes, chisels, and the like. I tried it on a few tools in my shop that night and then went to sleep. The next morning, I noticed the oil bottle had frozen into a solid congealed mass and there were snowflake-like crystals on the surface of all tools that I wiped the oil...

11-10-2013 01:27 AM

Bought a Lie-Nielsen "Boggs" Spokeshave Today - 1 reply

I bought this sweet spokeshave at a Lie-Nielsen hand tool event today: I’ve been trying to use a super cheap Chinese one before this with no luck. The Boggs takes incredibly fine shavings and leaves a beautiful planed surface with no chatter. I tried out all of their shaves and liked this style the best… bought the curved on...

10-20-2013 02:13 AM

I made a shooting board for the new Veritas plane - 7 replies

I recently bought one of the fancy Veritas shooting board planes and discovered the limitations of my existing shooting board. So I built a new one out of melamine, poplar, beech, and some baltic birch ply for the rail. I opted for a solid hardwood top so I could plane it flat (every piece of plywood/melamine/etc I found was warped in some way...

10-17-2013 06:28 PM

anyone see the new pinnacle scrub plane? - 23 replies

I got an email from Woodcraft this morning announcing the Pinnacle 40 1/2 scrub plane. It looks pretty fantastic for coarse stock removal, but then I noticed the price. At $170, it costs more than both the Lie-Nielsen and Veritas equivalent planes. I’m skeptical that this plane is any better than the two leading plane makers’ mode...

09-25-2013 09:53 PM

Interesting find: compressed gas dusters work well as bloxygen replacement - 5 replies

I’ve been using bloxygen to preserve my finishes for some time, especially Waterlox which badly crusts unless you bloxygen it or squeeze out all air. When my can ran out, I researched it and found a few mentions of using compressed gas duster cans as a replacement. So I bought some cans of Dust-Off from Amazon and tried using them. For ...

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